It's been a long time coming, but Beat Thang by Beat Kangz, a professional-level beat maker/drum machine/workstation has finally arrived.
And while some think it may have shown up late to the party (as the cool ones do), it's not bringing just chips and dip; it's a complete music production workstation combining the functionality of several units, including signal processing, mixing, mastering, MIDI sequencing, computer recording, and music sampler.
Beat Thang is poised to do battle with NI's Maschine beat-maker, Akai's MPC 2500/MPC 5000 beat-makers, and Roland's MV-8800 beat-maker (now a legacy product). The question is whether its beats can stand up to that kind of heat . . .
In this series of articles, we'll talk about Beat Thang's features, design, ergonomics, sound quality, and ultimately, explore whether the kind of beats you'd expect from a world-class studio can be produced just with Beat Thang and a set of headphones--wherever you are?
We're also going to challenge the Beat Thang's 15-minute beat-maker guarantee: If you're not making beats within 15 minutes of opening the box--whether you've produced beats before or not--Beat Kangz will offer a "n